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Performance - Maximum

Belkin first had me upgrade the firmware with the recently-posted 22508 Beta firmware and I started by running separate transmit, receive and simultaneous transmit/receive tests in Location A (plugged into the same outlet). Figure 5 shows a composite IxChariot plot, which shows an aggregate transmit / receive throughput of around 180 Mbps vs. about 120 Mbps in each direction.

Location A Belkin throughput
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Figure 5: Location A Belkin throughput

The higher simultaneous throughput prompted me to run a few more tests with more simultaneous streams. Similar to what I found with MoCA testing, throughput increased with multiple streams. It topped out around 300 Mbps using six simultaneous streams (Figure 6). This was much better than I found with multiple MoCA streams, which topped out just shy of 140 Mbps with four simultaneous streams. It is also the highest throughput I have ever seen from "alternative", i.e. non-Ethernet networking!

Six connection throughput - Belkin

Figure 6: Six connection throughput - Belkin

In contrast, the NETGEAR XAVB1004 pair produced only 61 Mbps total throughput with receive and transmit running simultaneously and about 45 Mbps in each direction (Figure 7).

Location A NETGEAR throughput
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Figure 7: Location A NETGEAR throughput

Speed did not increase with additional connections however, as Figure 8 shows.

Four connection throughput - NETGEAR
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Figure 8: Four connection throughput - NETGEAR

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